Abdullah Khadr, the most visible exponent of what has been dubbed “Canada’s Al-Qaeda family,” details his relationship with the organization. By Colin Freeze in the Globe and Mail, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
Asked by the Mounties if he were part of al-Qaeda, Abdullah Khadr responded, “No, I only buy and sell weapons for al-Qaeda.”
Over the course of five interviews with the RCMP last year, the 25-year-old terrorism suspect admitted that he “knows everybody” in al-Qaeda and ran guns for the organization to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. But he also insisted that if any terrorist “had anything planned for Canada, I’d be the first one to stop it.”
The Crown this week released two volumes of interviews Mr. Khadr gave to the RCMP between the time he was detained in Pakistan in 2005 and was released to Canada last year. Days after he landed in Toronto, the U.S. government had him arrested and launched an extradition case against him.
Mr. Khadr, a Canadian citizen who grew up in Afghanistan, seems to have been forthcoming during long questioning sessions with police. His lawyers suggest, however, all of the testimony could be tainted by torture he said he suffered in Pakistan.